DOTr initiatives show strong support to the PEDP

In support to Strategy 1 of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 which is to improve the overall climate for export development, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) contributed through its submission of the Agency’s Policies, Action Plans and Programs (PAPs) to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Philippine Enterprises.

The DOTr PAPs focus on the development of infrastructures such as Railways, Maritime, Aviation, Road transport, and Toll roads. DOTr reported that from 2016 to 2019, it has reached a total of 119 completed airport projects; of which 70 projects are directly under the DOTr. Some completed projects include Marinduque, Sangley and Camiguin Airport.

Moreover, DOTr also reported numerous railway infrastructure projects namely the North-South Commuter Railway System, Metro Manila Subway, MRT3 Rehabilitation, Mindanao Railway, PNR South Long Haul (Manila-Batangas-Sorsogon), LRT-1 Cavite Extension and Subic-Clark Railway. It is noted that some of the said projects are now ongoing rehabilitation specifically that of the MRT-3 which includes the overhaul of the rail line’s 72 light rail vehicles, replacement of mainline tracks, rehabilitation of power and overhead catenary systems, and other improvements.

All these initiatives are geared to make the movement of goods and people not only easier and faster but more so, cost-effective and efficient.

For other programs and further details, visit the DOTr website at http://dotr.gov.ph/- PKC

Government agencies provide continuous support for export development

Government agencies cited under Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 27 provide continuous support for export development to achieve the export target of $122B-$130B by year 2022 through the implementation of their Programs, Action Plans and Policies (PAPs).

The Departments of Trade & Industry, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Interior and Local Government, Public works and Highways, Transportation, Tourism, Labor and Employment, Science and Technology, TESDA, CHED, BSP and NEDA are mandated to strengthen the implementation of the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) through MC No. 27.

The foregoing agencies are enjoined to submit to the Export Development Council (EDC) their PAPs aligned to the PEDP strategies in compliance to MC No. 62 “Approving the PEDP 2018-2022 and directing concerned agencies to ensure its implementation” as approved by the President on 26 June 2019.

In the recently convened PEDP Consultation Meeting with the 18 agencies, it was noted that accomplishments and initiatives from the said stakeholders will be reported to the exporting community and submitted to the President during the National Export Congress slated on 06 December 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center. Said report is in compliance to the implementation of the PEDP 2018-2022.

Government agencies mandated to implement programs for export development

In a Presidential Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 62 approving the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022, concerned government agencies are mandated to implement their respective programs, activities and projects (PAPs) relevant to the PEDP.

Specifically, these agencies “shall implement policies, programs, and action plans to boost export growth and ensure the free flow of goods, in accordance with the Philippine Export Development Plan and Philippine Development Plan (PDP)”.

The “PEDP is synchronized with the period of PDP to harmonize the implementation of programs and to the continuity and consistency of policies and innovative strategies for boosting export growth and increasing job opportunities for Filipinos”.

The Department of Trade, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Health, Finance, Information and Communication Technology, Interior and Local Government, Public Works and Highways, Transportation, Tourism, Labor and Employment, Tourism, TESDA, CHED, BSP and NEDA are among the agencies mandated to strengthen the implementation of the Plan.

On 26 June 2019, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the MC No. 62 approving the PEDP 2018-2022 and directing the foregoing agencies to ensure its implementation. PKC

Mandatory training for new exporters recommended

PEDP 2018-2022 Stakeholders Engagement in CALABARZON
“First time exporters need to undergo training and seminars before they can apply for Client Profile Registration System (CPRS),” says CALABARZON experienced exporters  This was aired during the Stakeholders Engagement to implement the Philippine Export Development Plan 2018-2022. Existing exporters advise aspiring exporters to first  learn, not only the market requirements, but also the Philippine government’s requirements and procedures before making their first shipment,  thus  sparing them of the problems that the former have encountered.

The CPRS is an application that  registers exporters to access the e2M system of the Bureau of Customs. Export transactions cannot be processed unless the exporter is registered in the CPRS.

Capacitating exporters through  trainings and seminars on domestic and international regulations, policies and trends  will also help exporters exploit existing and prospective bilateral, regional, and multilateral trading agreements.

PEDP 2018-2022 Stakeholders Engagement Series takes off in General Santos City

The Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) and the Export Development Council (EDC) will hold a series of Stakeholders Engagements on the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 in Regions. It aims to present the PEDP 2018-2022 and solicit commitments among stakeholders to implement the Plan. The first Stakeholders Engagement was conducted in General Santos City and Koronadal City for Region 12 last July 25-26, 2018.

Government agencies in Region 12 agreed on reported programs to align to the PEDP 2018-2022 Strategies. The agencies are committed on implementing the strategies as well as developing new programs that will help increase their region’s exports.

The Stakeholders Engagements will also serve as a venue to ensure an efficient, responsive and well-coordinated strategies among the concerned government agencies and entities that are directed to collectively work, review, institute reforms, and implement all relevant policies in harmony with the PEDP, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development Plan and the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) to boost export growth.

The succeeding Stakeholders Engagements will be held in NCR and Region IV-B on August 15; Regions IV-A on August 31; Region VIII on September 5; Region X on September  7; Region XI on September 11; Region III on September 19; and Region VII on September 27.

Economic Development Cluster endorses PEDP 2018-2022 for approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

The Economic Development Cluster, in its meeting last 14 June 2018, strongly supported and endorsed the Philippine Export Development Plan (PEDP) 2018-2022 for approval of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez, Chair of the Export Development Council (EDC) eyes the approval of the PEDP 2018-2022 soon.

The PEDP 2018-2022 is a five-year roadmap that identifies three strategies and action plans to reach the country’s export targets of US$ 122 Billion in 2022.

The first strategy dwells on the government’s goal of improving the overall climate for export development through removal of unnecessary regulatory impediments, enhancement of trade facilitation, improved access to trade finance and export competitiveness.

The second strategy will exploit existing and prospective opportunities from trading arrangements. DTI has programs that aim to increase awareness on various opportunities offered by free trade agreements that the Philippines currently enjoys. In the new PEDP, the strategy proposed a dedicated program like DTI’s Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTA) to strengthen promotion efforts to prospective and existing exporters.

Lastly, the plan proposes the crafting of comprehensive packages to promote select products and services for export.